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her long day of pick ups and drop offs begins with arthritis pain... and a choice. take up to 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. all aboard. ♪ right now "andrea mitchell reports," we tour what's level of an elementary school accompanied today by the first responders. >> here this is actually a cafeteria. where the kids had lunch. >> it's always a sickening feeling when we come to a school
or daycare center. >> you know, they didn't know what was coming. you know they're terrified in the school. that's what we think about. that's what bothers me. what were the kids going through as this was happening? >> you go home and hug your kids a little tighter. >> it was rough last night. >> they'll finish the job even after the cameras leave the disaster zone. >> we still think we have a ways to do. some people don't have communications right now. they're not even thinking about registering. they're still trying to pick up what few things we have. we're going to go neighborhood to neighborhood, talking to people, seeing what they çneed. it may not be fema, but red cross or other small organization, but we want to make sure they're getting the help they need. any moment now secretary napolitano and governor fallin
will give us an update. a man is killed in a confront ace. we'll have pete williams with the latest. and taking the fifth, a key figure in the irs investigation refuses to testify today. >> i've been adviced by my counsel to assert my constitutional right to not testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing. after very careful consideration, i have decided to follow my counsel's advice an not testify or answer any of the question dalles. there are questions today on capitol hill over the irs and the improper targeting of the conservative groups. it's official. anthony weiner's second act. >> look, i made some big mistakes and i know i let a lot
of people down. will new yorkers be as forgiving? good day, i'm andrea mitchell in new york. it packed winds up to 210 miles an hour. over the course of 40 minutes, it rippedç through 17 miles, a rescue efforts wind down, the focus turns to assisting families. craig melvin joins me from moore, where we're expected to hear from governor fallin and secretary napolitano moments from now. tell us what you have found today. >> reporter: first of all, let's start with the good news, if there is any. rescuers at this point say they are confident that they have found everyone, so that is a bit of good news. insurance estimates about $2 billion. that's what we're hearing in terms of preliminary insurance estimates. behind me, this is -- this was,
i should say an office complex, a number of small offices, but this is the scene we have seen over and over throughout the course of the morning, over the past 24 hours as well. i also want to show you, an greenia, a daycare center next door. this is the a gmt ape daycare center there were teachers, infants inside. i spent some sometime a few hours ago with the ownerç of ts daycare center. he talked about how he was able to get those kids and teachers out alive. take a listen. had those kids and teachers not been in those two rooms -- >> they would have been dead. >> reporter: no doubt?
>> no doubt. >> reporter: when you looked at this, and you -- i mean, those are literally the only rooms left standing. >> yeah. that was the plan. that's why we always -- i mean, we had drills and everything else all the time to get them all back in there. and that's something i've always told my teachers. if they will stay calm, the kids will stay calm. one little boy asked the teacher to read him a book. so they were pretty cool about it. >> reporter: just a little amazing story of survival there. unfortunately, andrea, as you know, 24 people here in moore were not so lucky. ten children died. we learned a short time ago that the ages of two of them, 4 and 7 months. 4 and 7 months. those are the youngest victims. the third grader also among the
deceased, a 9-year-old third grader who was known as many are,0for her smile. a 65-year-old who was separated from his wife at the time the tornado hit. also kyle davis, another 8-year-old who perished. so, again, as you mentioned, the cleanup starts now. there's word that the president is going to be here at some point over the next few days, but the folks we have talked to in moore, oklahoma, this morning, they say they're really to rebuild this city. >> i know some of the high schools that are having graduation ceremonies this coming weekend? oklahoma city, of course, not in moore, but what happened to the other children? and are there any other activities? school activities? >> reporter: to my knowledge, yes. i'm glad you asked that. one of the activities we found this morning, on the drive in we
saw literally hundreds of high school students wearing their respective shirts with shovels and rakes in hand. they were going to be part of the cleanup effort. so that was one of the major high school activities today, a lot of them decided -- we should note here a number of schools also are out. may 23rd is the last day for many of is the schools, but a lot of these students have decided to pitch in and rebuild their town. >> craig melvin, thank you so much.ç joining mess now, oklahoma congressman james langforth. condolences to you and everyone in the state for what you are experiencing. >> thank you. >> what do you do next at the federal level? i know there's a lot of talk about the comparisons between oklahoma, federal aid, what happened with hurricane sandy when people waited for months and months and were very frustrated, frankly as some of the opposition from western and
other budget-conscious members of congress, they did not see the need in the northeast. how do you stand now? >> no, i'm very aaware of that. i was there yesterday, i was there on monday morning. we were in shawnee, and i was on the ground in shawnee, there on the ground yesterday in moore, getting a chance to meet with families and hear some of the stories. multiply those stories thousands of times over form the state always takes the lead role in being the first responders there from moore and all over the area have come. we have chainsaw crews all over the place. this will be a local and state function first. fema has stepped in, and they step in as a secondary support, individual assistance if you don't have insurance, they will provide a small amount, or provide a bridge until your insuranceç pays.
fema also provides health with the city, county and state with some of the infrastructure work. that will be a long. i'm very aware of the stuff. we've been blasted by family from all over the country that are mad about sandy issues. the sandy issue really became three different issues. one was the immediate response that was needed there to help with the emergencies. one was the flood relief that obviously the flood insurance has a fiasco for years, and then the third aspect was the ongoing future work that had to be done, what they call remediation work, about $40 billion. a lot of the controversy wasn't about helping folks, it was about the $40 billion of additional remediation that wasn't going to go through the appropriations process. that will not be an issue in oklahoma. quite frankly fema has $11 billion in the disaster fund, it has plenty of money, but the local insurance companies and state will pick up the lion's share of what's going on. >> and one of your colleagues
was on with matt lauer. >> reporter: you're one tornado away from being joplin, missouri, when you're in oklahoma. when i was secretaretary of stan the oklahoma city bombing. when you have a disaster, i want to be prudent. i applaud my colleagues for doing that, but you immediately help the people in the affected areas. that's what we've always done as americans. i feel very strongly about that. we have a lot of help in theç oklahoma city bombing, so when things like katrina happen or things like sandy, i figure, you know, it's kind of payback time for us. >> so the question becomes whether the senators who -- your senators have said in the past, well, in the last couple days, you have to pay for everything that is spent. i want to pursue that with you, but we have to go right now to the press conference with janet napolitano. thank you, congressman, and
we'll pick that up where we left off. she understands what's going on, and we appreciate the secretary joining us today. madam secretary, welcome. we're also pleased today to have the ceo of the american red cross, gail montgomery, who is also joining us. the red cross has certainly played a very important role in our recovery efforts. not just this week or the previous tornadoes that we had on sunday, but for many, many years. the red cross has always been there when we needed them, and certainly helped with our families in providing feed, water, any type of assistance, shelter that those who lose property and loved ones have faced. welcome. we're also joined by our kajman in this area, tom coleç he gre up in the area and glad to have you back. i'm very sorry to what's
happened to the community and your hometown area. we want to start out by saying thank you to all of the personnel that's been working on the ground site itself, certainly the first responders, the fire, police, emergency personnel the mayors, the tremendous job that everyone has been doing, it is moving along very well, it is a big project, and there certainly is a lot of issues that need to be dealt with, but we are making some progress. as i drove in earlier this morning on to the site, i could see we were clearing off some of our public areas of the debris and being ability to open up more roads and more areas so people can get through and begin the process of recovery in this very big disaster area that we have.
i want to mention this is still a very active recoveries site. many people have talked about the traffic along i-35 and the public roads. just to ask the public who is not involved with the recovery efforts, the cleanup or in the not come and look yet, it would be helpful for the congestion we are experiencing on our highways, and just ask the public to be patient with us, as we move the type of equipment and personnel that we have to get along the highways and roads to get things done. also the individuals that have been affected by the storm itself, we still want you to make contact with the state, still make contact with fema. we need to know where you are at, we need to know if you need assistance. we needed to contact fema so you can get the appropriate assistance, whether it's the individual assistance we've been awarded through the federal disaster declaration, or whether
you're a small business person and needing help with fva loans. there's help there, and certainly those that have been misplaced. we want you to also tell us of your whereabouts, especially with those who still may not be able to find some of their relatives. we have a website at the red cross that's called if you can register and let us know you're safe, it will help us to determine if there should be anyone who may not have been found yet during this disaster. we've seen a great amount of outpouring of support from various charities, various entmties, individuals, corporations, we've received phone calls from all over oklahoma and throughout the united states, and some from other countries. we're very grateful for your support. it will be a long recovery process. there are many, many needs with our families and our individuals. short term, if people want to
help, you can give to the american red cross. you can give to the oklahoma red cross, i should say, too. and also to the salvation army, to the united way. that will help with our local charities. and long term, we have set up a disaster relief fund called okaystrongdisaster relief. that will be with the oklahoma united way organization, because once we get through the initial cleanup stage, families have to go on with their lives, but yet there's a lot of challenges ahead of them, and a lot of cost involved with that. so if people want to donate, they can contact the united way to help. affected individuals, regardless of income level or whether you have insurance, are encouraged to contact fema, visit with them about available services. we have fema people that are here today that we're glad to have joined us.
and we appreciate mr. fugate joining us yesterday. welcome to oklahoma. >> you've been doing a tremendous job as well as the elected officials we've been working with since before monday, actually. so a lot of work can be done in terms of recovery, but really good bringing together of first responders from here and around the country on the immediate search and rescue needs. i think a big need now is debris removal. we will be working with oklahoma on supporting expedited debris removal. that will open up roads and streets, and then individual homeowners will be worked with, so we can get that debris out of there. please register with fema.
1-800-621-fema or disast, and we can alert you to whatever assistance you qualify for. we want to make this as smooth a process as possible, though we know that people are really hurting, there's a lot of recovery yet to do. on that point, i'm -- you know, i'm pleased to hear the charity that you're forming is called oklahoma strong. i think one of the things that had impressed me so much has been the strength and resilience offalç oklahomans who have bee affected by the disaster, taking charge and moving forward with the recovery of their community. it's very impressive, and it's a model for the rest of the country. to top it off, i understand high school graduation will occur on time in this community this weekend. so recovery is under way, debris
removal is a key thing today. get in tough. if you haven't done so already, we will be here to say. at some point the cameras will leave, the national ones will leave first, then the local ones, but on behalf of president obama and on behalf of fema, we will be here to stay until this recovery is complete. so you have our commitment on that. thank you, governor. i'd like to introduce the deputy director of fema. rich? >> thank you, secretary, governor, mayors, first of off, i just want to express condolences, and the thoughts go to the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who are injured. but also a very big thank you to the first responders, the police officers, the firefightsers, emts, paramedics, nurses,
doctors. they saved lives.ç they saved lives after the tornado struck. they put themselves at risk. also a thank you to the mayor and the governor, the congressman, who show the leadership, as well as the emergency management committee. they're one of the leaders in the country, and thank you for your leadership help. one thing that's important that the secretary mentioned, it's very important for those affected to register for help. there's three ways. they can dial 1-800-621-fema, go to or if a smart phone go to to register from your phone. it's important to register so we can get the assistance you need. there's two disaster recovery centers opening today.
others will open over the next few days in order for people that they can go there and only register, but get person-to-person help for what they need. the secretary mentioned it, but fema was here before the storm struck, working closely with the state and the local, and our job is to support the governor and to support the local officials. we'll be here before the storm, after the storm and here as lonç as it takes to get oklahoma to rebuild. thank you. >>. gabe gutierrez joins me from moore, oklahoma. how importance is it for the people there to hear that fema is there, will be there before, during and after, and that help is on the way? >> reporter: well, andrea, people here are happy to hear
that secretary napolitano is here and pledging much of this federal help, as you guys have been reporting still 24 people. 23 bodies have been identified. this morning we learned that ten of those victims were children, two of them infants. this community is still recovering, a town of 56,000 people here in moore. today what we have been noticing they've been going out and as second tear napolitano said, the big thing is debris removal. yesterday was still a sense of shock where some residents were allowed to go back. today we've seen a lot of cleanup, but it's clear it will take a long time, so the residents are very happy that the feds are paying attention. also a big thing going on today, they're starting to sort through the insurance claims that will no doubt take months to sort through. andrea? ivities gabe, one of theç thin that janet napolitano said they need to get the debris cleared,
they need to get vehicles moving again, so that is a major challenge. >> reporter: that is a major challenge, andrea. as you walk around here, it's hard to believe that people can move around. devastation is everywhere. it will take quite a long time. the federal resources are helpful, but you also have to keep in mind threat a lot of local volunteers pitching in, trying to get the place back in order. it's a huge challenge. many neighborhoods are still inaccessible. that's frustrating some residents, as often happens. residents don't understand why they're not allowed to get intoic in their homes. however over the past day or so, we've seen more and more going back and starting the long process of rebuilding. >> gabe gutierrez, thank you so much. coming up a rare look inside that tornado, offering a chilling look. the person who shot this video rode out a storm in a shelter.
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welcome back. lois lerner, the head of the division, chose to plead the fifth instead of answering questions. here's her explanation. >> members of this committee have accused me of providing false information when i responded to questions about the i want rs processing of application for taxi-exemption. i have not done anything wrong. i have not broken any laws. i have not violated any irs rules or regulations, and i have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee. nbc capitol hill correspondent kellie o'donnell joins me now. lerner did not even want to show
up, but they insisted she show up to declare she would not testify. everyone is entitled to the fifth amendment protection, obviously, but it's the appearance of that, of course, which creates political problems. >> absolutely, andrea. i spoke with lois lerner's attorney who wanted to emphasize that she was well within her rights to make that opening statement, and at the same time refuse to answer questions. she insists she's done nothing wrong and in some ways cruel to put this whole matter at iur feet. he was very defensive of her, someone who has been a very good civil servant. the committee want to know more from her, and so far there's been no inquiry from the department of justice. no teams to speak out, so is there may be future steps. chairman issa suggested that he was frustrated, and so were so many of the members.
once lerner left it's been a bipartisan pummeling of the irs officials who were there today. the former commissioner, as well as the now treasury official, and the person who put this report together. it has been grueling, and they've been trying to get at more information. the biggest area where both democrats and republicans have been, to their anger, they believe that doug shul man should have come back to congress to explain that information he provided was ultimately incorrect. he said there was absolutely no targeting based upon the political -- a real frustration from both democrats and republicans saying they had been misled, that he had not done his job properly. he asserts he would still do that today,. >> let's roll aç bit of tape o
congressman jim jordan, as they reject basically the administration's response here. >> this administration, this agency, which was so calculating that he planted the question 12 days ago when ms. lerner gave the news that the irs was engaged in this targeting before the ig's report came out, so calculating they all god together and said let's do this, let's plant the question and break this story, yet they expect us to believe it was just the work of a couple employees, two rogue agents in cincinnati. >> so they're not buying it, and it seems as though this is not going to go away, the hearing you're describing today that we watched earlier. >> very much so. chairman issa says they're about ten more people he wants to either interview or bring before the committee.
the inspector general says more investigation is going on. today the commit aye talked about the irs had done its sort of internal review, separate from the treasury department inspector general. that was new information that further frustrated congress. again, congress has an oversight responsibility. they say letters were sent to the irs top ogvicials wanting answers and they felt they have been misled, mistreated and certainly they're venting ta-da. >> kelly o'donnell, thanks very much. in a very strange twist in other florida, today, a individual linked to tsarnaev was shot and killed after first cooperating with investigators. what went wrong? pete williams joins me now. a strange tale indeed, pete. >> this is part of the fbi's effort to find anyone who had any contact with tamer ly ee ee
this man who was shot and killed today, 27 years old ibragi ibragin todashev knew him from the boxes circuit, and was a mixed martial arguments fighter. what we're told by several officials is the fbi was questioning him. they say there's no connection of him to the bombing, but they were questioning him about a triple homicide in 2011, in which three people, including one person that they both knew -- three people were killed, their throats were slit, bodies covered with marijuana and cash, and we're told by officials that todashev had confessed to aç role in that murder, was preparing to sign a written confession, when he
became very violent, lunged at the fbi agent with a knife, and was shot. now, there were several law enforcement people in the room where this was going on in orlando in the overnight hours. it's not really clear at this point who fired the fatal shot, but in any event todashev was killed, and the fbi sent down a team, as they do in these cases, to investigate the shooting. and almost two years after resigning from congress, anthony weiner makes it official enter the race for new york city mayor in a video. >> i made some big mistakes, but i also learned some tough lessons. i'm running for mayor, because i've been fighting for the middle class and those struggling my entire life. i hope a get a second chance to work for you.
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that is my neighbor's truck, and that is my neighbor's car.
that car is one of the neighbor's cards somewhere down here. >> i kicked the door in to save an elderly lady and her grandkids. she had just gotten inside the house and she was still in the living room. the living room was obliterated. >> survivors recounting the harrowing moments during the 40 minutes the tornado was raffle ravaging homes. she captured some of the iconic images in the disaster. sue, just the experience of going through it, you were there, among the first there, and how did you go about capturing these incredible scenes? >> i left the office earlier so i could get down to the site before everything got closed off. as soon as i found the tornado path there were just people everywhere, and i just started
photographing. i worked my way around back to the school where the kids were trapped. i spent most of my time there. >> i know there's a way that photographers, all journalists separate themselves from the horror and the tragedy of the moment, and you do your job and perhaps looking through the viewfinder is when we're doing that, but tell me your method. >> you just have to try to separate yourself, get in a zone and you're working on taking good technical photos, and you have to separate yourself from what you're seeing, though while i was seeing the kids come out of the billing, i felt good, because i thought they were in good shape, they were alive. that helped. >> at the same time, seeing the way that school was flattened, you knew that there had to be
injuries. we now know deaths as well. >> yes. yes. >> i think i know this intuitively, but tell me what motivates you to work in these kinds of disaster zones. you were in oklahoma, i presume you've been there throughout many tornadoes, but still the fear and the challenge of working under those conditions. >> tornadoes are scary. i try to stay out from in front of them, but it's the job. you just have to get in and do what you need to do to get photos. >> well, sue, your pictures have communicated more than anyone could possibly say in words, so again congratulations, and thank you for being there at that urgent time for the people of moore. >> thank you very much. and moments ago, moore mayor made a very welcome announcement
for the residents. >> as of 3:00 this afternoon, we're going to be allowing residents back into their neighborhoods, and this will mean light vehicles, no heavy equipment, no trailers, and no satellite trucks. we will be allowing the press to go in at 3:00 into the neighborhoods, but you have to be out by dark.
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but it's only so long before they will turn on the government and say it's not enough, not quick enough. the first is show real commitment. i understand he'll be going out to oklahoma. that's almost essential. the second is to make sure you have good administration response. i think so far the administration would give the administration high marks for that. the first is to ensure that we have a coordinated effort and i think to a certainly extent so far they have that right, but these are all lessons learned. there is a feeling from some indiana side the administration, that they just want to deny the
president any victories, but yet last night in the judiciary on the senate side at mittedly controlled by democrats, there was a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform. you think this can withstand the test, and then of course the uncertain future in the house? >> i must say i'm very impressed by the efforts made by republicans and democrats, by the gang of eight. the vote was overwhelming, which is ra real clear conveys that is a real chance we can overcome a filibuster. i think that's encouraging not only for immigration, but for other things as well. if we can do it for immigration, make with some luck and same level of efforts, we can do it with other things, too. there's still hope. >> to keep this alive, senator, on the retreat of the issue on
game rights for -- something that a large democratic constituency wanted as a civil right. is that the kind of compromise worth making. >> i think it is. i really agonize for senator leahy. obviously he feels very strongly and passionately, but he also felt strongly about the importance of getting a bill. compromises sometimes requires they gut-wrenching decisions. they're not easy, but i think it was the right one under these circumstances, and there will be another day, and that day will come sometime in the future. with the irs controversy and obvious wrongdoing that's been acknowledged all the way up to the president, saying this was not tolerable, and the controversy over the associated press inquiry, and whether it went too far, something the president is not apologizing for. but this does give the impression that the
administration is beleaguered, under fire. how do we get out from under that, and keep his agenda going on the hill? >> well, andrea, you've been following congress and the administrations for a long time as well. you know as well as i do that these circumstances develop. there isn't an administration that i know of that has not had to face think incredible challenges over their time in office. i think the real question is, can they show real leadership, be as transparent as possible? be as responsive as possible? and then can they keep their focus on the things that really matter? the economy, health reform, our international challenges. those are the big issues. we can't be distracted by these matters, as important as they are, we've still got a country to run the i'm hopeful and quite sure they have that understanding. >> but chief of staff said, well, we're going to -- he said
to the staff, we're going to devote only 10% of our time to these controversies. is that realistic? given the enormous issues. >> i certainly understand dennis' aspirations. what he's say is what i just said that's critical, we keep focus on the things that have consequence as we go forward. ensuring we implement health care, finding ways, maybe to get some agreement on other larger issues. those are the things that will ultimately determine the legacy and impact that this administration will have over the next four years. is the president reaching out enough? reaching out to other democrats and republicans for advice? >> well, i -- i always think there can be more. i think he's done a lot better
job of it. i give him great credit for that, but you almost can't do too much. the more we can coordinate and collectively make some effort to try to understand, analyze and ultimately act on these issues, better. i think he's doing a better job than at any time in his presidency. >> tom daschle, thank you very much. >> my pleasure, andrea. first lady michelle obama took a moment to reflect on those affected by the tornado in oklahoma. >> it's important to remember during these times that the spirit of unity and resolve and resilience that has defined that situation, as we watch the people in oklahoma recovering and work together. that's the resilience that has defined this country since its inception. it's who we are as americans. [ clang ]
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jay carney has announced that president is going to be goi going to oklahoma tomorrow -- oklahoma on sunday. now reporting from oklahoma's affiliate kfor, and meg, you and your team were extraordinary. we all watched around the country. don't know how you did it, being part of the community and covering such a tragedy. >> oh, andrea, definitely hard. i know my photographer and i were some of the first on the scene. i don't know if you heard about the mother who perished with her bib baby. we were there when that happened. we tried to dig her out. and it was so hard. everyone pitched in. we had already scene a few bodies pulled out and it was one of those times where you just do what needs to be done. all that work and you pull them out and they did not survive.
though i did see she had her baby in her arms so in the last moments, at least they were together. but just so hard. >> meg, i don't know if you were there in '99, perhaps not. but i know tornadoes periodically, you're in tornado alley, but that -- the force of this, the size of this. you knew it was coming, but there's no way to really prepare. what does the community do now in terms of second-guessing it self and requirements and underground shelters? >> it is very interesting here. i was here in '99 when that tornado hit. i don't know if you know, but we add very high death toll rate that came in at first, and i remember shaking my head thinking this can't be hospital. because i know we are better prepared than we were in '99. and those numbers came down, i think we are looking at 24 now. but preparing, we do prepare here. the problem is we live in an area geographically where most people don't have basements.
that's hard for people to understand because all across the country most people just have a basement. that's something that everybody has. here, they don't build them. they are very expensive. big problem with water coming in because of, just, our -- the clay and everything. and so you have to build a shelter. and that's just one extra thing that many homeowners have to do. and if you look at some of the neighborhoods, these are hard-working people and adding a shelter is often an expense many of them can't afford. >> i know, it is thousands of dollars. and a working-class community and many people who are government workers and others who simply don't have those resources. but some aid or some help beyond that lottery where only 500 people qualified is going to have to be done. how painful is it? i know that the mayor announced that people are able to go back at 3:00 local time. but how difficult is that? they've been wanting to go back and see what's left but in most cases, it won't be very much to salvage.
>> no. and i was out there until about midnight with a lot of these people trying to go back to their homes. and now the reality is setting in. i notice that -- the first 24 hours, people have the adrenaline and i think many are just, oh, we survived, we're okay. they are very thankful. now, the frustration of what is ahead. first of all, getting back into the neighborhood is difficult. we did have looting problems. which is so sad and you hate to even have to talk about it. but 20 minutes after this thing hit, we had word that people were in there looting. so right now, it is a matter of people coming out of it, into reality that they have to go back. there is very little. some of it is gone, even if they had it because people were there before them and now it is a matter of our community coming together, reaching out and helping these people who have nothing. >> meg alexander, and kfor, thank you for everything you've done and will do.
thanks for being with us today. >> thanks, andrea. >> that's it for andrea mitchell. tamron hall is here next for "news nation." >> first, the pentagon dealing with another scandal. an army sergeant relieved of his duties, accused of placing cameras in the showers and locker rooms of female cadets at west point military academy. plus, the white house just mentioned, confirming the president will visit oklahoma sunday. janet napolitano is on the ground. we guest estimate of the costs of the damage. we are also learning more about the victims from their families who have come forward in honor of their loved ones. it's all coming up next on "news nation." [ female announcer ] from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless.
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killing of man in florida during questioning about the boston bombings. right now, the fbi review team is on its way to orlando. earlier this morning, 27-year-old ibragim todashev attacked an agent with a knife. he was not suspected of playing a role in the boston bombings, but he does have ties to the suspect tamerlan tsarnaev. pete williams joins me now with the latest on the investigation. pete, what can you tell us? >> authorities say they knew each other. that todashev was a mixed martial arts fighter and he lived in the boston area at the time that tamer lan tsarnaev was a boxer and they knew each other from that circuit. investigators say they just recently talked to each other. so the fbi was questioning him as part of an effort to talk to anyone who had been in touch with or knew -- well, knew, a, and b, had been in touch with